If your friends or family members complain about being tired all the time or struggle to find the energy to support their weight loss goals, give them the gift of B-12 injections this holiday season!
Vitamin B-12 is found naturally in dairy products, fish, and meat, which is why vegetarians and vegans often have low B-12 levels. B-12 injections offer benefits for people who are deficient and can be used as a bonus supplement for those without a deficiency.
Michael Skardasis, MD, and our experienced care team at Optimal Performance Medicine provide vitamin B-12 lipovite injections to support healthy weight, promote weight loss, and boost energy. Here, we explain what you should know about B-12, including the benefits of B-12 injections.
Why do we need vitamin B-12?
Our bodies use the water-soluble vitamin B-12 for new red blood cells, neurological brain functions, DNA synthesis, and our metabolism. Vitamin B-12 is responsible for converting fat and protein to energy.
While most people get adequate amounts of B-12 from the foods they eat, the National Institutes of Health indicates about 15% of people have B-12 deficiencies from either not eating animal products or because their body doesn’t absorb the vitamin well. Older people commonly experience deficiencies, as do people with diseases affecting the gut, like Crohn’s disease or celiac disease.
Unlike other vitamins, absorbing vitamin B-12 requires a protein produced in the stomach called intrinsic factor. The intrinsic factor binds to the vitamin so the blood can absorb it. If you don’t have enough intrinsic factor, you can also develop a B-12 deficiency.
Symptoms of B-12 deficiencies include:
- Loss of appetite
- Nervous system damage
Long-term deficiencies can lead to dementia.
Benefits of B-12 injections
Vitamin B-12 shots are popular with people with and without a B-12 vitamin deficiency, now that many health and wellness clinics like Optimal Performance Medicine offer the injections on a walk-in basis without a prescription.
Injecting B-12 allows for 100% absorption directly into the body’s tissues to reverse or prevent a deficiency.
People report the following benefits after receiving the injections:
- Immediate energy increase
- Long-term fatigue reduction
- Increased metabolism
- Improved concentration
- Better mood
- Improved immune function
- Weight loss assistance
- Reduced anxiety
- Improved sleep patterns
Want to help a friend or family member on their healthy lifestyle journey? Gift them B-12 injections at Optimal Performance Medicine. Call the office today or schedule an appointment online.